Emergency Management

Flood Disaster Recovery Center to open Wednesday in Puyallup
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 19th, 2006 at 9:34 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 19, 2006 – Pierce County, the State of Washington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are opening a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Pierce County to help individuals and businesses who suffered damages from the Nov. 2-11 flooding and severe storms.

The Puyallup DRC will open Wednesday, Dec. 20, at noon at the following location: Microchip Technology Campus 1111 39th Avenue SE Building A, First Floor Puyallup, WA The center will operate Monday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., but will be closed Christmas holiday, Dec. 24 and 25, and New Years, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

While there is no direct financial assistance available at the DRC, staff will help flood victims register for FEMA help or answering any additional questions for those who have already registered. “It is important for all flood victims to visit the Disaster Recovery Center, even if they have already registered with FEMA,” said Pierce County Emergency Management Director Steve Bailey, “there will be a variety volunteer and local services representatives available.”

A key agency on the road to disaster recovery is the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). At the recovery center, SBA representatives explain how SBA low-interest disaster loans can help homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations pay for their disaster losses.

To apply for assistance, disaster survivors can call FEMA’s toll-free registration number: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-463-7585 for persons who are speech or hearing impaired. Please bring your registration number to the DRC. Note: Pierce County residents with windstorm damages should continue call 1-866-798-6363, please do not call FEMA or report your wind damage to the DRC ####